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If you're building a new home, adding an extension or renovating, you're likely to need to have some plastering done. How much is it likely to cost? These are some things to think about before you start getting quotes.

Plastering Cost Considerations

Plastering two areas of the same size can cost different prices. A simple plastering job might only require installing plasterboard and some cornice mouldings on new walls and ceilings. After the plasterboard is installed, the plasterer will smooth the gaps in the plaster and the job is done. If you're renovating, the plasterer may have to remove the old cladding first and dispose of it. This extra labour will of course cost more. You might want to add ornamental plastering products. Installing these requires greater time and skill, so the cost will be even higher. The size of the project, access issues and other factors also have an influence on the cost of plastering. Keeping all these things in mind before you get quotes from plasterers will help you get more accurate online quotes.

How Much Does it Cost to Plaster a House?

Plasterers charge by the hour or by the square meter .In either case, their charges will vary depending on the individual project. As a rough guide:

The average per meter charge is between $25 and $50 Many plasterers charge a per meter rate for plasterboard (starting at about $20) and a linear meter rate for installing cornice moldings (starting at about $5) Hourly rates start at $35

In most cases, a plastering service will charge an hourly rate only for small jobs, such as patching a wall. If you're having an entire house plastered, they will charge by the square meter and may charge an extra hourly rate for extra work such as removal of old plaster. If decorative plaster products are required, they will charge according to the amount of decorative plaster that is needed and the complexity of the job.

Plastering an entire house can cost around $10,000 to $20,000 for an average sized home. If you need period-style mouldings, the price can be as high as $35,000 or more for the same area.

In some cases, you might want to have a hard plaster (or solid plaster ) finish applied to your walls. Solid plaster is wet plaster that is applied to an entire wall. A more labour-intensive process than installing plasterboard and skimming wet plaster on joints, it is more costly. Depending on the finish required, hard plastering can cost between $95 and $200 per square metre.

Plasterers do not need a trade licence in every state, but any plastering service you choose should be a registered business and carry insurance. Rather than choosing the lowest quote, choose an experienced plasterer or company with a record of quality service in your area. If you want ornamental plastering, choose a specialist service to be sure you get the results you want.

Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 21 July 2015 to reflect current market pricing.

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